If I told you that I’ll be co-hosting a book discussion at The Mercantile Library, you’d think it was some sort of early April Fools’ Day joke, right?
Can’t blame you for that. But it’s legit:
Speaking of books, let’s see who has booked a gig in this area over the next fortnight.
On Wednesday, The Queers play Madison Live, with Suzi Moon and The Raging Nathans also on the bill. And a Frank Zappa tribute band called The Furious Bongos will be playing
Joe’s Ludlow Garage.
Thursday, Sonny Landreth and Cindy Cashdollar play Southgate, and Beth Harris wraps up her March residency at The Loon, with Abiyah and Heather Redman.
Thursday also is Opening Day for the Cincinnati Reds. List member Dan “Laying the groundwork for 2024” Lewis will be throwing out the first pitch… to companies who haven’t purchased any Reds advertising yet!
Friday evening, Steve Forbert plays Southgate, Leggy has a free album release show at MOTR (10 p.m. start), Emmaline is at Ludlow Garage, and Orleans is doing a 50th anniversary acoustic show at Memorial Hall.
Guess what happens on Saturday?
Oh, and an Irish band called Seafoam Green is playing Camp Springs Tavern that evening.
The band is highly recommended by the tavern’s proprietor, Keith “Smoovie” Neltner. Irish folks in a tavern… what could possibly go wrong? (Don’t tell Liam Neeson I said that.)
Also on Saturday, Jim Messina will be at Ludlow Garage.
Next Monday, April 3rd, Combo Chimbita plays the Woodward Theater.
On Wednesday, April 5th, Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers hit Southgate.
Great news for my inner teenager: Rush is playing Memorial Hall on Thursday, April 6th!
Wait, upon further review, that’s TOM Rush. The good news is he’s not a fly-by-night artist. The bad news for teenage me is he’s also not a “Fly By Night” artist.
Another 4/6 gig of note is Fantastic Negrito at Ludlow Garage.
Friday, 4/7, Ellis Paul plays a 30th Anniversary Tour show at the Redmoor in Mt. Lookout, and Molly Hatchet tears up Ludlow Garage.
A different Ludlow takes the spotlight on Saturday, April 8th. Bircus Brewing in Ludlow, KY has music from the Tom Petty cover band Tom the Torpedoes.
On Sunday, April 9th, after you find all the Easter eggs, Ben Levin plays Schwartz’s Point.
Ahead of her time
Given what we know now about clergy abuse scandals, isn’t it time to reexam Sinead O’Connor’s Saturday Night Live appearance back in 1992? This episode of the Sound Opinions podcast weighs in, and cohosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot (two longtime Chicago music writers/critics) interview Kathryn Ferguson, the co-writer/director of a documentary about Sinead.
An artist’s job is sometimes to create the difficult conversations that need to be had.Sinead O’Connor
Alright, sorry to get so serious on you. Let’s lighten the mood with two of the absolute best SNL character actors, Jan Hooks and Phil Hartman, playing Sinead and Sinatra.
Mark your calendar… better yet, Howard your calendar!
List member Howard Cohen and his fellow band members in the Cereal Killers have three – count ’em – three gigs coming up over the next three months:
- April 22nd (Earth Day!) at Fries Cafe
- May 19th at MadTree Brewing
- June 10th at Big Ash Brewing